On 21 April 2016, the European Commission (EC) submitted a draft amendment to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to add Entry 66 as a new restriction on bisphenol A (BPA) in thermal paper under Annex XVII to the REACH (Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006).
In 2014, France submitted a report to the European Chemical Agency (ECHA), proposed to restrict BPA in thermal paper under REACH Annex XVII. After the 1st and 2nd public consultation, both the ECHA’s Committee of Risk Assessment (RAC) and Committee of Social-Economic Assessment (SEAC) concluded that the proposed restriction is implementable, enforceable, manageable and monitorable.
On 29 January 2016, the ECHA submitted the final opinions to the EC. Based on the opinions, the EC considered that the proposed restriction is an appropriate measure to address the identified risks, to the health of workers who handle point of sale receipts made of thermal paper containing BPA, and REACH Annex XVII should be amended accordingly.
The proposed restriction is expected to be published on the Official Journal of European Union (OJEU) in the last quarter of 2016 and there will be a 36-month transition period, meaning the new restriction will apply by end of 2019.